Area Attractions

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Robin Hood’s Bay

Approximately two miles from Holly Cottage is the picturesque coastal village of Robin Hood’s Bay with it’s interesting maze of twisting streets famously renowned as a smuggler’s haunt. After a walk along the beach and exploring the rock pools and fossils, a welcome choice of Inns, a tea room, bistro or good old fish and chips are available to enjoy.


Whitby is just 9 miles north along the coast, with attractions including a cliff top golf course, Willie Fortune’s Famous Smoked Kippers can be found near the foot of the 199 steps leading up to St. Hilda’s Abbey and to St. Mary’s Churchyard which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Whitby’s great Maritime history can be experienced with a trip on HM Bark Endeavour the replica of Captain Cook’s ship, or a visit to the RNLI Museum and Shop. Whitby has a small sandy beach, harbour and marina. The narrow streets and ginnels are filled with interesting shops, cosy pubs and a wide variety of restaurants.

Further exploration

Nearby, Scarborough is a great destination for theatres and family entertainment. Heading inland you will find the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway where you can take a very special journey through the villages of ‘Heartbeat country’ along the Grosmont to Pickering line.

The disused Whitby to Scarborough railway line is nearby and perfect for safe cycling and walking. The Cleveland Way is along the cliff tops above Boggle Hole beach.


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“Dear Martin & Nicky,
Thanks again for another lovely week in Holly Cottage. We’ve visited lots of places including Castle Howard, done lots of relaxing and even seen an otter in the river Esk at Ruswarp! Take care,”

Kym and Ian


Whitby Seafood

Over the centuries the industry has remained a major source of income for the coastal town, and even though many of the supermarkets now source their seafood from abroad, several large manufacturers and most of the local eateries still rely on the daily supply of Whitby-caught seafood… especially the jumbo scampi!

Filming Locations

Among countless other  TV & filming locations,  Yorkshire is famous of course for Brideshead Revisited at Castle Howard near York, Heartbeat in Aidensfield (Goathland), and excitingly in 2021, visits to Yorkshire from Hollywood Greats include Tom Cruise, arriving by helicopter in Pickering for filming of Mission Impossible 7, plus Harrison Ford who was spotted in the village of Grosmont whilst shooting scenes for the new Indiana Jones movie on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.